Outsourcing Practices to Avoid

Traditional negotiation tactics all too often include hiding authentic intentions and using scare tactics to help tilt the playing field to their advantage. While aggressive tactics may get a short-term win, they often backfire, especially when used in longer term strategic supplier relationships and outsourcing contracts. These five scary practices should be avoided: Penny Wise […]

Siliconindia — January 2018

Five Steps to Collaborative IT Outsourcing Relationships Article by Kate Vitasek published 31 December 2017 in Siliconindia magazine. Here is the link: https://www.siliconindiamagazine.com/magazine/college-of-the-year-special-december-2017/#page=44

What Henry Ford Understood About Wages

In 1914 Henry Ford had a great idea – the mass production of automobiles for the masses. But he also knew that he needed highly productive workers – and a lot of them – to make that idea happen. So, he came up with another great idea, in fact something extraordinary and unheard of: pay […]

Forbes — 31 October 2017

Five Scary Outsourcing Practices “If negotiators have a favorite holiday — it’s bound to be Halloween. Traditional negotiation tactics all too often include hiding authentic intentions behind a mask and using scare tactics to help tilt the playing field to their advantage.“ Column by Kate Vitasek published 31 October 2017 in Forbes online Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/ycne9v9d

Occupier Edge — October 2017

Vested Outsourcing: IT’S TIME TO TRANSFORM OUTSOURCING Article by Kate Vitasek in Cushman & Wakefield’s Occupier Edge, 5th edition 2017, pages 52-53, published 25 September. Here’s the link: https://cushwake.cld.bz/Occupier-Edge-Ed-5-US 

Forbes — 8 August 2017

Shake Up Your Talent Acquisition — Kill The Rate Card To Improve ROI Latest Forbes column by Kate Vitasek published on 8 July 2017. Nearly one-third of the world’s workforce is comprised of “external” or “independent” talent defined as workers that do not have traditional “employee” roles with an organization. As organizations shift from “hiring” employees to “buying” […]

Corporate Real Estate Journal — June 2017

Vested Outsourcing in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management Article by Ingrid Fenn, Co-founder of SIREAS, and Kate Vitasek, faculty member for Graduate and Executive Education at the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business Administration, published 29 June 2017 in Corporate Real Estate Journal. Here is the link: http://www.sireas.com/2017/06/29/vested-outsourcing-corporate-real-estate-facilities-management/

Forbes — June 2017 — Tennessee outsource initiative

The state of Tennessee has signed a facilities management contract to help the state provide the best service to citizens and employees at the lowest possible cost for taxpayers.

Watching the Bee-Watcher

Vested Rule #5 tells us that our contract or business framework should embrace an Insight vs Oversight Governance Structure. Unfortunately, many organization believe that to be in control, they need to be controlling. The result? Micromanagement of your employees and suppliers! Micromanagement stems from a lack of trust and poor governance structures. If you trust […]

The Gorilla vs The Elephant (revisited)

Vested is all about avoiding the toxic conditions created by the 800-pound gorilla. A Vested approach thinks beyond the short-term bottom line, beyond immediate gratification at the expense of those you’re working with.